July 31, 2014 at 11:10 pm

$2.9M bid for Detroit Club may not have met minimum

The Detroit Club is on the National Register of Historic Places. (Max Ortiz / The Detroit News)

Detroit — The online auction for the once elite Detroit Club downtown ended at $2.9 million Thursday afternoon, but there are questions as to whether it was a high enough bid to satisfy the seller.

The sale of the stone and red-brick Detroit Club, at the corner of Cass and Fort, began Tuesday at Auction.com with a suggested starting bid of $950,000. The $2.9 million bid came at the end of the two-day auction but it may not have met the minimum price set by to the seller, according to the website.

The 35,000 square-foot Detroit Club was bought by Emre Uralli, a Florida-based developer, in December.

The building at 712 Cass is on the National Register of Historic Places. In its prime, the club was visited by Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry Truman, Empress Zita of Austria and the Duke of Windsor, as well as John Rockfeller, Lee Iacocca and Henry Ford II.

Uralli has been in a legal dispute since February with the board of the Detroit Club over ownership of several antiques. Among those objects are rare books and the club’s documents of incorporation in 1882. Uralli’s attorney has denied he has taken the objects.

Wayne County Circuit Judge Daniel Ryan has ordered both parties to meet with a facilitator on Thursday.

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